Why Retire The DL Class ?

 
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
DL42 was dropped off at Spencer Junction last Sunday (24/1) & may have joined DL43 & DL48 in storage.

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  emdrules Train Controller

Location: Port Augusta-Centre Of The Universe
DL42 was dropped off at Spencer Junction last Sunday (24/1) & may have joined DL43 & DL48 in storage.
greasyrhys
DL's 43, 48 & 36 were in the workshops yard Saturday as well as I think X51. There was also an a very shiny 80 class which has been there for nearly a year. No sign of the XRB's or V544. Must be inside. Also GM 44 has gone. CB 2 is there also but is in a shed probably the old carshop.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
DL42 & DL48 were reported being hauled on PM5 this morning, hopefully not bound for Werris Creek Sad
  Jim K Train Controller

Location: Well west of the Great Divide in NSW but not as far as South Australia
I remember speaking with a driver 10 years ago that DL meant "Dead Loss"
Shocked
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Both 42 & 48 were still on PM5 when it departed the Islington terminal this morning, with the latter missing a few porthole windows Crying or Very sad
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
DL42 & DL48 were reported being hauled on PM5 this morning, hopefully not bound for Werris Creek Sad
greasyrhys

In Melbourne now recorded through Bunbury Street https://www.railpage.com.au/railcams/bunbury-street/photo/24811499801
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Wonder where those DL's are headed?
  amb Train Controller

DL48 is stabled at the LPC today in Melbourne looking a bit tired with the porthole windows on the drivers side broken .
  trainlover Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide.
Nothing Wrong with DL42 its on its way to Brisbane working 3MB4 in-between NR93 and NR43.

Maybe DL48 is in Melbourne as a source of spare Parts?
  amb Train Controller

Unlikely DL48 is in Melbourne for spare parts,being at the LPC would indicate that it will be on the move again.
  BIG-BEAR Chief Train Controller
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
DL44 is up there for the "Scruffiest Loco" award.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Yep, the DL's (especially 44) looked pathetic in the cheap NRC livery even when it was freshly painted.
  BIG-BEAR Chief Train Controller

Yep, the DL's (especially 44) looked pathetic in the cheap NRC livery even when it was freshly painted.
"greasyrhys"


18 years ago DL 44 at Port Pirie . The paint job must of been at least a few years old then .

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  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
It's likely that DL48 will be used as a source for spare parts for the other members, wish it were 44 instead Crying or Very sad
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
8124 was second loco on 3AS8 instead of the usual DL today...
  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
Yep, the DL's (especially 44) looked pathetic in the cheap NRC livery even when it was freshly painted.
greasyrhys
I love the arrowhead livery.  One of the best liveries in Australia, I think.  A great pity it was not applied to the NRs.  I only photographed it a couple of times before it was defaced.  One or two of the ex Westrail J class had it at some stage.  I would love to see photos of that.

The DLs will be missed when they go.  Why does the train future have to be so bland in looks and sound?
  DL_Daily Locomotive Driver

*MC* *CM* have been running 2 loco's the last week from Griffith they have dropped the 3rd loco usually a DL class which was always offline anyway so maybe that is the end for them here

As for the Widgelli rail hub that seems to be going ahead with the news on the front page of this site.
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
The DLs will be missed when they go.  Why does the train future have to be so bland in looks and sound?
Kafoopsy
They said that when the 81 class appeared. They said that when diesels replaced steam. They said that when steam replaced sail...
  M636C Minister for Railways

Yep, the DL's (especially 44) looked pathetic in the cheap NRC livery even when it was freshly painted.
I love the arrowhead livery.  One of the best liveries in Australia, I think.  A great pity it was not applied to the NRs.  I only photographed it a couple of times before it was defaced.  One or two of the ex Westrail J class had it at some stage.  I would love to see photos of that.

The DLs will be missed when they go.  Why does the train future have to be so bland in looks and sound?
Kafoopsy
Quite some time ago, a friend and I were at Moss Vale and decided we'd check out the Unandrra line. Sadly we punctured a tyre about half way to Robertson, and we headed off and before Robertson saw the trailing cars of a loaded limestone train. This was the period when National Rail were using BHP hoppers on this traffic.

As we overtook it, we could see that it had two DL class, but as we got closer, we realised it was three...

It didn't stop at Robertson but we got it at Ocean View.

Three DL class, elephant style, all in the arrowhead livery.

I used it for the frontispiece in the first edition of the locomotive book.

We followed it to Mt Murray just for something to do and got some shots there as it waited for a cross.

Of course it was an overcast day...

I think I have photos of at least one of the Js in NR.
They changed colours so often about then: NR, Great Northern, RTS blue.....

M636C
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
*MC* *CM* have been running 2 loco's the last week from Griffith they have dropped the 3rd loco usually a DL class which was always offline anyway so maybe that is the end for them here
DL_Daily
Why was the DL taken up if it was always offline??
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
*MC* *CM* have been running 2 loco's the last week from Griffith they have dropped the 3rd loco usually a DL class which was always offline anyway so maybe that is the end for them here
Why was the DL taken up if it was always offline??
james.au

Extra HP for the hills on the return, with the loaded train
  Alco_Haulic Chief Commissioner

Location: Eating out...
Yep, the DL's (especially 44) looked pathetic in the cheap NRC livery even when it was freshly painted.
I love the arrowhead livery.  One of the best liveries in Australia, I think.  A great pity it was not applied to the NRs.  I only photographed it a couple of times before it was defaced.  One or two of the ex Westrail J class had it at some stage.  I would love to see photos of that.

The DLs will be missed when they go.  Why does the train future have to be so bland in looks and sound?
Quite some time ago, a friend and I were at Moss Vale and decided we'd check out the Unandrra line. Sadly we punctured a tyre about half way to Robertson, and we headed off and before Robertson saw the trailing cars of a loaded limestone train. This was the period when National Rail were using BHP hoppers on this traffic.

As we overtook it, we could see that it had two DL class, but as we got closer, we realised it was three...

It didn't stop at Robertson but we got it at Ocean View.

Three DL class, elephant style, all in the arrowhead livery.

I used it for the frontispiece in the first edition of the locomotive book.

We followed it to Mt Murray just for something to do and got some shots there as it waited for a cross.

Of course it was an overcast day...

I think I have photos of at least one of the Js in NR.
They changed colours so often about then: NR, Great Northern, RTS blue.....

M636C
M636C
And now your just making me green with envy!
  DL_Daily Locomotive Driver

DL-40 spotted on 6MC2 at Griffith saturday which will become 2CM3 monday along with 2 x NR class so back to 3 loco's again.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Which are the hills that are the problem?

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